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It’s been a tradition since time immemorial to cheat in games. Sometimes you want to see what the game is capable of after you’ve spawned a ton of vehicles in one location or you wanted to sow chaos and despair to the poor inhabitants of whatever city you are in while being invincible to any and all things. All of these things are fine and dandy until people try to gain an unfair advantage in multiplayer games. It is because of this unfair advantage that Blizzard will be punishing players who cheat in the upcoming team-based hero shooter Overwatch.

In a forum post on the official Overwatch forums, community manager Stephanie “Lylirra” Johnson explains what Blizzard’s plans are for people who decide to illegitimately augment their experience. 

If you’ve been caught using bots, hacks or third-party software to give yourself an unfair advantage over other players in either the beta or the official release coming later this month, you will instantly be banned from playing the game forever. No second chances (unless you appeal the ban and prove your innocence), just a permanent ban. 

Not only does cheating undermine the spirit of fair play that all of our products are based on, but it works to diminish the fun and enjoyment of others. While we are unlikely to publicly acknowledge when accounts are closed as a result of cheating or using unauthorized programs, we have and will continue to monitor Overwatch for exploitative behavior, as well as take action as needed to preserve the integrity of game.

If you suspect another player of hacking, you can send an email to [email protected] to notify the team of the suspected foul play. While you won’t be getting a confirmation back, Lylirra states that a team of engineers and teams will actively investigate every claim to ensure its validity. 

In addition, by popular request, we will also be including an option to report players for potential cheating directly through the game client. This option will be available at launch and can be accessed through the normal right click > “Report” menu.

Before you report anyone, you need to take into consideration that the game’s killcam, Play of the Game, highlights and spectator camera don’t always replay gameplay at the same fidelity as real-time gameplay. This means that the game might sometimes display aiming that is a bit snappier than it was during actual gameplay. As a result of this, Blizzard isn’t relying solely on replays from the game to verify whether someone was cheating.

You should also take into account that some players are just really good at shooters, and being remarkably proficient doesn’t necessarily imply that you’re cheating. 

As a result, we encourage players to play nice, play fair and avoid publicly accusing individuals of cheating whenever possible and instead use the reporting methods detailed above.

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Chris Anderson

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I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as senior staff writer and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.

  • Azure

    Only good things can come from this. Will there be a punishment in place for abuse of this system? For example a team of 5 constantly reporting their random for not playing well enough and such? That is something they need to confirm.

  • Kev Lew

    as long as it is not like some DRM that kicks you out for having CD ISO loading programmes on your PC but instead focusses on the abuse of play within a game I am all for this method of confirmed cheat = banhammer.

  • Reporting a player doesn’t get them banned

    It gets blizzard to investigate

  • Azure

    No but people using the system to attempt to get an innocent banned should be a punishable offence, life ban? No but something will need to be put in place to discourage abuse of the system to make it easier for Blizzard to wade through the Millions of reports they will get once the game comes out. Otherwise it’ll just take one burnt out employee to go fuck it banned and now people who did not deserve it lose their game.

  • One: They probably have a tool that can automatically detect a lot of cheating methods, which means much of the reports aren’t even needed to go through
    Two: There is no way to tell the difference between an individual being malicious or just reporting what they think is legitimately a cheater

  • SomeCollegeStudent

    Blizzard needs to have a good, reliable system in place if they’re going with the harshest punishment for every cheater. It’ll be very bad if a number of innocent players get perma-banned, even if they are later un-banned.

  • sidrakali

    I don’t see why people still cheat on games , it’s only for fun , if you’re taking it too seriously then just check a psychologist.

    Also overwatch origins edition on PC is 45$ right now [Link Removed by Moderator, Rutledge Daugette, as TechRaptor doesn’t promote grey market sites]

  • Gargie

    Cheating/exploits on single player games=perfectly fine
    Cheating/exploits on free to play online games=you suck but the devs dont care either,so…
    Cheating/exploits on a game that people payed for=bad person

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